Students Admitted with an English as a Second Language Requirement (ESLR): Foundation Program required

If you have been admitted to the University with an ESLR:

    • You must satisfy the ESLR within 1 calendar year of your initial registration (e.g. receive a B- or higher in ESLA 1900 within 12 months (3 consecutive terms) of your first registration in ESLA).
    • You must include your required ESLA course in your registration every term, including the summer term, until you satisfy the ESLR. Note: ESLA courses are one term in duration and all levels of ESLA are offered every term.
    • Placement into your first ESLA course is determined by the School of Linguistics and Language Studies (SLaLS) using the English language test scores you submitted with your application (test scores are valid for 2 years). Further placements will be based on the ESLA final grade you receive in your ESLA courses.
    • Incorrect registration could result in the Registrar’s Office either withdrawing you from all your courses for the term or adding ESLA to your existing registration. (Note: They may need to withdraw you from one or more courses to do this). In case you have been sent a message about your registration, check your Carleton email account regularly. Also check your timetable on Carleton Central for any possible changes to your registration.
    • If your ESL placement is below the acceptable level for admission to Carleton University, you are not permitted to register in credit courses at the University at this time. For minimum scores see option 2 in the ESLR entry (section 4) of the calendar link below.

If you have an ESLR, please register as follows in Carleton Central:

STEP 1: Register in your assigned ESLA course level

  • Register in the 1.0 credit ESLA course listed in your hold (ESLA 1300, ESLA 1500, or ESLA 1900) as soon as possible as space in ESLA courses is limited.
  • You are also permitted to register in the next ESLA course level as soon as registration for the next term is available (with the same course load).

STEP 2: Register in any ‘other credit’ you are permitted

  • Register in the ‘other credit’ course load permitted (see below for further restrictions)
  • Your course load may increase next term if you are a degree student and receive a B- or higher in your ESLA course. Check your ESLA holds when your ESLA final grade is released.

Further restrictions may apply to your listed ‘other credit’ course load and can vary by term:

If you are an Undergraduate degree student (e.g. admitted to a Bachelor of Arts program)

  • During a fall or winter term, the ‘other credit’ course load in your ESLA hold is accurate.
  • During a summer term, the normal course load for all Carleton students is lower. The course load listed in your ESLA hold may therefore have further restrictions. See the Summer Studies website for the summer course load chart (located in the ‘Students Admitted with an ESLR…’ section).

If you are a Special Student

  • Your ‘other credit’ course load will always be different than the amount listed in your ESLA hold.
  • During a fall or winter term, you will be able to study ESLA plus a maximum of 0.5 credit.
  • During a summer term, if you have accepted an offer of admission to a fall undergraduate program, you will be able to take ESLA plus 0.5 credit in the summer term. If you have no fall admission, you will only be able to register in your ESLA course.  See the Summer Studies website for the summer course load chart (located in the ‘Students Admitted with an ESLR…’ section).

If you need help with your registration, see the Registrar’s Office Registration Website.

STEP 3: Activate your Student Computing Account (including your email)

All registered students are eligible for a MyCarletonOne (MC1) account and are assigned a Carleton email address that must be activated.  Visit the ITS website for more information about setting up your computing account.

All correspondence from the university will be sent to your Carleton email account. Remember to check your email account regularly and to use that account when emailing the university. Always include your student number in all your messages to the university.

Contact Us
For more information about credit ESLA courses, the Foundation Program, and the ESLR, visit the SLaLS website, email SLaLS, telephone (613) 520-6612, or come in person to room 358 St. Patrick’s Building.